Grace has a life-long passion for America’s parks and the great outdoors. As a young girl, Grace and her family spent summers camping and hiking at national and state parks across the country and she continued this tradition with her own family.
She joined NPT in 2006 and has overseen the significant expansion of National Park Trust’s mission of park preservation and youth programs, including a renewed focus on high-priority land acquisition projects to benefit the National Park Service, and in 2009 the launch of NPT’s innovative Buddy Bison School Program which currently provides outdoor environmental education for 79 Title I schools. This was followed in 2011 by the creation of National Kids to Parks Day, held annually on the 3rd Saturday in May, and organized by NPT in collaboration with numerous national partners, schools, parks, public lands, and local and national public officials — representing all 50 states and Washington, DC. In 2019, more than 1.1 million participants celebrated the day, enjoying more 1,500 park events and programs.
Grace holds an AB degree in chemistry (biologic specialization) from Duke University, worked as an analytical chemist at the National Institutes of Health, and then as an editor for Analytical Chemistry published by the American Chemical Society. For ten years, Grace served on the board of the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, playing a leadership role in the school’s strategic plan and development initiatives including two capital campaigns and the annual fund.